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07.11.2019 Health

Strengthen Regulation Mechanism On Tramadol — Coalition Of Nurses/Midwives

By Simon A. Tetteh
Strengthen Regulation Mechanism On Tramadol — Coalition Of Nurses/Midwives

The Coalition of Concerned Nurses and Midwives (CCNM), has charged stakeholders in the health sector to strengthen regulation mechanism on the sale of Tramadol in the country.

They said it will help regulate the current abuse of tramadol among the young Ghanaian people.

The coalition made the appeal at a day sensitisation programme for pupils of the Morning Glory Academy at Weija on substance abuse, with emphasis on the much worried about, Tramadol.

The Chief Executive Officer of CCNM, Batiah Semi-Ulah Santi said, it is unfortunate that the severe pain induced medicine has now turn to an aphrodisiac and pleasure influenced one without recourse to its usage of being prescribed before taking.

He attributed the development to the porousness of Ghana's borders which allows individuals to bring in the drug.

He indicated that, the situation currently is unpleasant and will get out of hand if authorities do not step up their monitoring and regulation mechanism.

Whilst he implored the Ministry of Health, Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Health Service, Narcotic Control Board and the Pharmaceutical Council of Ghana to formulate legal measures and strengthen it for effective control, he also appealed to the Ghana Immigration Service, Custom Excise and Preventive Service and the Police to man Ghana's ports and borders effectively to seal the loopholes through which people bring in such medicines.

He also urged the media to bear the torch of the campaign against the abuse of Tramadol, to serve as a check on duty bearers.